Greetings from The Springs! Don’t forget that the Women’s Conference is this weekend. We will start at 7p.m. on Friday night and at 9p.m. Saturday morning. It does not matter if you attend one or both sessions, just plan to join us as we uplift the Lord! The Springs’ Food Ministry is off to a good start with many donations. If you would like to contribute or if you need use of this ministry, contact a church member. Food pick up is in the fellowship hall from 7p.m. to 8p.m. on the Wednesday leading up to the second Sunday of each month.
Special visitor on Sunday, March 13, 2016 was Prophet Raymond Varnadoe of South Carolina. He presented Pastor Terrell with a hand-carved staff and he had a special word for the church. I had a brief chance to speak with him after service and I know that he plans to visit us again soon. Pastor Terrell delivered a timely message to answer the question how do you pray. How is it when everything seems to be going wrong and it seems like if it is not one thing, it is another, how do you pray? Pastor’s answer was simply, “The same way Jesus did.” When you are in a wilderness experience, you need to go to your war room to pray. Now, the war room is more of a position and attitude than a place. Going to your war room means getting to a position where you lift your eyes to where your help comes. The attitude before you pray determines the altitude of your prayer. Most of us do not think of wilderness experience as a war room. Yet, you do not have to get to the church or to your prayer closet to pray when that experience comes. You can create your war room with your praise wherever you are. If you are at work, your prayer room can be there. If you are at the barbershop, your prayer room can be there. Pastor Terrell told us to praise God before you ask Him anything. In advance of getting into His presence, offer up the sacrifice of praise. Seeing that praise is the key, Jesus is our example of how to position ourselves in our own war rooms. In Luke 11:1-2, we see how Jesus created His war room wherever He was. You can create your war room where you are.
When you know how to create the atmosphere, your war room is can be where your wilderness experience is located. This passage shows how the disciples watched Jesus. They were all in the same circumstance, but the difference is that Jesus was praising God. He did not look like what He was going through. “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” This is a praise before the actual prayer. We must praise the Lord first before we give Him our “shopping list” and telling Him all of our problems. Next, Pastor Terrell moved to Philippians 4:4-5 to give us another example of how to pray. The background here is that there was an issue with the church mothers.
The whole church was looking at their problem. Even with the chaos, Paul opens this passage with, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice.” Just as in the first example, he offered praise first. “Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” This particular text also gives the outline for prayer. After you rejoice and get yourself together, then get rid of the worry. These are all parts of the command. The promise is that you will receive peace. Another text that you normally would not think of to show you how to pray is Genesis 1:1-2. Pastor Terrell stated that when God created, He gave you the same creation power. He created His atmosphere of praise. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit has to lead you in prayer. “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” This sounds like a wilderness. Then the Spirit moved. Praise is going on.
The Spirit of the Lord always moves before God does. Once the Spirit moved, creation power was activated. Again in Luke 4:1-2, the Spirit moved. Before Jesus fasted for forty days, the Holy Spirit led him. This is what you must do. Get plugged into the Holy Ghost. Without the Spirit moving, your prayer life will be ineffective. Pastor Terrell ended by examining Luke 5: 16-32. Keep in mind that before Jesus did anything, a setting of praise was created. Here the man with palsy was forgiven and healed in a public setting. The man glorified God and the people around him saw him and they glorified Goo, too. Often we are afraid to create an atmosphere of praise due to what others may say about us. We are to praise the Lord everywhere. If our wilderness experience is at work, praise Him there! If it is somewhere in public, praise Him there! Let someone see you praising God! How do you pray? What do you do when you are dealing with your circumstances? Praise the Lord and be led by the Holy Ghost! Go to your war room in the wilderness! Glory Be To God!